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Story Wood School Sowing the seeds of success


At Story Wood we follow the National Curriculum for English. The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of 2 dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)


Reading is at the core of our curriculum because as stated in the national curriculum, we believe that through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. 

It is our aim that, by the end of their primary education at Story Wood, all pupils have an established love of reading, are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject and are fully prepared for the next stage of their school career. 


We follow the Letters & Sounds Phonic scheme in Early Years through to Year 2. Decodable books are used to support early reading. From Year 2 to Year 6 Accelerated Reader is used and all pupils are expected to take home a reading book from within their ZPD which is assigned by their reading ability. These books are available from our AR library. Our school also subscribes to a number of supplementary reading websites including Bug Club and Read Theory (for Y6), the First News (children’s newspaper) and Story Time (a children’s magazine).


Pupils in Year 1 are prepared for the Phonics Check. For any pupils who are unsuccessful at the end of Y1, they will be prepared to re sit the check at the end of Y2. For any pupils who continue to struggle as they move into Y3, a phonics intervention group will be used to support further.

We recognise that children learn to read in different ways; therefore, when children reach year 4 and still require support with reading Fresh Start is used as an alternative intervention.


Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) is an enquiry-based pedagogy, it develops multi-modal thinking and is applied as a strategy to close the word gap by developing children’s understanding of words. Like the national curriculum, we recognise that good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge. P4C starts in EYFS, lessons are facilitated in all year groups to support language development and contextualise vocabulary.